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Sexting investigation: Sandusky cop threatened to shoot fellow officer

Emil Whitis • Mar 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Two Sandusky police officers caught up in a sexting scandal both lawyered up when Erie County Sheriff’s deputies came knocking.

Erie County Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Sigsworth was tasked with investigating possible crimes resulting from an alleged love triangle involving Sandusky police Sgt. Steven Ritterbach, his wife, Jennifer, and Officer Todd Smith.

Ritterbach accused Smith of sleeping with Jennifer, while Smith told a fellow officer that Ritterbach had previously condoned the affair, according to a police report.

The scandal came to a head earlier this month when Ritterbach allegedly threatened to shoot Smith in the records department, a police report said.

“Sgt. Ritterbach told him that when he was talking with Lt. (Max) Jarrett, he told Lt. Jarrett that he might shoot Officer Smith if they continue to work together,” the report said.

Sigsworth is handing over his findings to Norwalk law director Stu O'Hara to consider for possible criminal charges.

Ritterbach also told Jarrett that Smith had purchased steroids from Jennifer, according to the report.

An internal investigation by Lt. John Orzech is ongoing.

Smith and Ritterbach have been on paid administrative leave since March 8, pending the outcome of the investigations.

For more on this story, pick up Wednesday's Register.

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